Need help picking a new phone for my birthday

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  1. icequeen
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    None are that strong-besides, I tend to break certain things that vibrate...often. No, not cell phones :devil:
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    Lol, Lol, I think I really like you Ice. I go through those thingy's too.
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    Yep, Mama & Queenie know a man's best friend is his dog and a woman's best friend is her required batteries. :wink:
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    :laugh: that'd be a heck of a job. Quality control tester for vibrators.......sign me up!
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    You're in real trouble if that's how you feel... j/k :laugh::laugh:
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    Well I went to the Tmobile store and they were ZERO help. When I know more about the phones available than the person helping us that's not good. 20 minutes before someone came over, and she was useless, then she pretty much disappeared.

    Anyways so I played with the phones. Incredibly disappointed with the brightness of the S4 and the Note 2. And Yes, I went to the phones' setting and changed the brightness. I actually lucked out in that the S4 display was right by the front door of the store, so I got to see first-hand how the sun affected the screen.

    The Nokia was nice but the windows interface was lackluster at best.

    Liked the Iphone - very bright screen - but the lady was useless to answer questions about voice texting, picture texting, storage issues, etc.

    Loved the Sony Xperia, though. Very nice display, camera was very good.

    Didn't try the One - wasn't on.

    Thanks for all the input guys :)
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    when does your t-mobile contract end?
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    They don't have "contracts" anymore. I'm actually fine with the actual phone call service and we've been customers for a very long time. This was just a bad experience. My parents had Verizon and I know they had a ton of issues there with it. Some of my husband's coworkers have AT&T and have problems using their phones overseas. Plus the international rate for Tmobile has been very low over the years comparatively.

    So I'll stick with them, it just was unpleasant and annoying. Such is life, though :)
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    Surprised to hear that about Verizon. My company has employees all over the west coast and we've moved to Verizon over the other carriers (were on at&t). We ran a corporate test program to determine reliability and coverage of At&t, Sprint, and Verizon (necessary for a construction company that has projects in all areas).
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    Why does that turn me on? :embarrased:
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    Lol...
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    Okay guys, so I'm on my new SonyXperia.
    Went to a different store, got a kid who really wanted me to go with a One or S4, but he answered my questions well and reminded me to try the phones and come back in 14 days if I wasn't happy.

    So my son was running all over the place, and I got the idea to try each camera while he was moving. The S4 was a complete blur once it took the picture-bit buggy/over sensitiveThe One did better but still not crisp. The Sony gave me a very crisp face and reasonably clear arm/hand that he was waving. That did it.

    Then outside I pulled out my husband's phone and, yep, even though this screen isn't as bright as the S4, I could see it better. And yes, apparently I can answer this phone in the shower or even swim with it and take pictures. Thin phone but still felt sturdier than the S4.

    So I'll test it for a bit and see how it goes :) now, to get used to not having a keyboard....
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    Hmmm? If this thing can take a fall down a flight of steps and good battery life, it may just be the phone for my wife :yes:
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    Well the battery is about as bad as most other phones - I found one way to make it last overnight (I use my phone for an alarm) is to put it in Airplane mode-uses almost no battery.

    As for durability - I can only vouch for a prior Sony I had (not touchscreen) that first my daughter then my son thought was a "toy". They threw it, dropped it, I dropped it on the kitchen floor - it got sat on, and yes, thrown down the stairs by the then-toddler. Still have it - It's just so old and the kids took the battery out and lost it. So I used that thing for 4 years before going to touchscreen. It was a very good phone.

    We'll see how this one does ;)
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    Ya!
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    So Update - I was in love with the Xperia. Now it's overheating so much that it literally burned my ear last night. I had to put ice on it. This was just during a 5-minute phone call. I'm not doing any games on it, etc, so I don't understand.

    After some more online research, Sony's phone has one of the worst issues with overheating. Apparently there's a patch being sent out with the updated Android but Tmobile hasn't gotten it and of course they have no clue when they're getting it. It has something to do also with how the phone is sealed as air tight as possible due to it being water proof/resistant. It's to the point where the general user solution is to dunk it in cold water :no: Those that have had it longer report melting issues, camera lens issues, etc due to the heat. It's also always dropping wifi calls.

    So now I'm going back (within the 14 day mark) and changing it for something else.

    Those of you who suggested the S4 - How did you fix the issues with blurry pictures? Also, how much does this phone overheat? I understanding for heavy gaming, etc, but on a 5 minute phone call with the screen OFF...shouldn't happen.

    The HTC One was choice #2 but it has metal on it and it gets just as hot as the Sony apparently :no:

    Ugh. So....S4 then?
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    If you're on T-Mobile you can buy the Nexus 4 - which has stock Android, not the crappy bloatware-ridden provider phones - for $199 off contract.

    It's miles better than the S4 ... sorry I'm late to the thread.

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